UK retailer drops lamb from New Zealand
One UK retailer announced that is going to phase out lamb from New Zealand and sell only indigenous lamb. Waitrose intends to stop buying New Zealand lamb in the winter months from 2021 and focus only on British lamb, according to The Telegraph newspaper. By now, Waitrose has replaced all of the imports in its own-brand fresh chicken, pork, beef, eggs and liquid milk with products sourced exclusively from the UK.
"Waitrose & Partners has a long history of supporting and sourcing from local producers. The decision to commit to 100% British lamb all year is a continuation of that commitment and means that we can extend opportunity to our existing British lamb farmers while also potentially bringing new local producers into our supply chain as we continue to invest in British agriculture," explained Tor Harris, the Head of CSR, Health and Agriculture Department of the company.
A recent IGD/AHDB survey shows that 70% of the consumers in the UK would like to see more British food on supermarket shelves. The decision suppose to "provide a welcome boost for the UK sheep sector at a time when our future trading relationship is uncertain", according to National Farmers' Union (NFU).
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